COMMISSION
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Sara Caylor
(Mayor)
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Sara Caylor was elected to the Ottawa City Commission in April 2011. Subsequently, she has been reelected to serve two additional four year terms in April 2015 and November 2020.   In four instances, she has been elected to serve as Ottawa’s Mayor in 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2021. Sara is an Ottawa High School graduate. She holds a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from Washburn University and a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Washburn University. Born and raised in Ottawa, Sara is proud to call the community of Ottawa home!
 

Sara is actively involved in community, city, and state organizations involved in municipal policy and leadership. She serves the community of Ottawa contributing her time to several public and community service organizations including:
 

  • League of Kansas Municipalities Board of Directors (2018-present)

    • (President 2020-2021)

  • Elizabeth Layton Center Board of Directors (2019-present)

  • Franklin County Historical Society Board of Directors (2019-present)

  • Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2012, 2015, 2020)

  • Franklin County Economic Development Council Board of Directors (2013, 2016, 2017, 2021)

  • Kansas Municipal Energy Agency Board of Directors (2017-present) 

  • Advent Health Charitable Association Board of Directors (2009-present)

  • Ottawa Swim Club Board of Directors (2021-present)

  • Ottawa Rotary (2006-present)


Sara and her husband, Chad, have two children. Service to others has been a hallmark of her efforts primarily working with underprivileged youth, at risk populations, and community organizing for several decades.  As with any of the Ottawa City Commissioners, Sara encourages you to contact her with any questions you may have about the City of Ottawa.

Eric Crowley
(Mayor Pro-Tem)
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Eric Crowley moved to Ottawa with his family in 1979 and graduated from Ottawa High School in 1996.  After graduation, he began his career as an electrician and in 2006 opened Advantage Electric. Eric married Carissa Tucker in September of 2017. They have three children, Seth, Bryce, and Raegan.

He is involved in many areas of construction in Ottawa including, electrical contractor, builder/developer, foam insulator, house flipper, renovator and landlord.

Eric is a member of Leadership Franklin County Board of Trustees, Ottawa Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board, and attends meetings for Play Task Force as well as other organizations in town. He previously served on the Construction Board of Appeals.

He believes that by working together, Ottawa can be a wonderful place to live, work and raise children. As a commissioner, he wants to focus on building relationships with contractors and city officials to ensure constant, steady construction to fill housing and job needs

Mike Skidmore
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Mike was born and raised in Ottawa. He graduated from OHS in 1974, and K-State in 1978, with a degree in agricultural economics. After his high school sweetheart, Marilee Thornburg, and him were married, he moved to central Kansas where he began his career in banking. His family came back to Ottawa in 1995.

 

His three children graduated from Ottawa High School, and he has continued his banking career, while becoming an active member of various local organizations, including Franklin County Leadership Class (graduate), Ottawa Area Chamber of  Commerce (past chairman), Franklin County Development Council (past chairman), and Ottawa University Chancellor's Council. He was first elected to the Ottawa City Commission in 2013, and has served two terms, which have included two one-year stints as mayor. Additionally, his wife and him are members of Ottawa Bible Church, and he is the treasurer of Agape Interfaith Ministries of India. 

Tom Weigand
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Tom served ten years as President/CEO of the Ottawa Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Director for Ottawa and Franklin County before moving to Junction City for three years as President/CEO of the Junction City Chamber with duties leading economic development activities and tourism working with elected officials as well as multiple boards and taskforces. 

 

He served on boards of directors of non-profits and for profits: Heartland Works; Chamber Executives of Kansas; Manhattan Area Tech College, KCAMP; Ottawa Coop; Franklin Savings Association; Founding member of MAKO a 4 state chamber executive and staff annual training event.

 

Tom has owned several businesses including a large grain and livestock farm and a feed store.  Co-Owned with his son an appliance store and a Radio Shack in Ottawa.

 

Tom lives in Ottawa and enjoys his nine grandkids, traveling, golfing and reading.